Bella Grigoryan

  • Associate Professor and Chair

Bella Grigoryan is a scholar of 18th- and 19th-century Russian literature and culture.


Education & Training

  • PhD, Columbia University, 2011
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Courses Taught

Nineteenth-Century Russian Studies: Texts, Contexts, Methods
Capitalism and the 19th-century European Novel
Anna Karenina and the Tasks of Literature
Romanticism in Russia and the West
The Bildungsroman in Russia and the West
Pushkin and Gogol
Eighteenth-Century Russian Literature

Representative Publications

1. «Неточка Незванова» и экономика письма: Эстетика и политика романа воспитания в николаевской России. / Русский реализм XIX века: общество, знание, повествование. Сборник статей; под ред. М. Вайсман, А. Вдовина, И. Клигера, К. Осповата, 126-151. Москва: Новое литературное обозрение, 2020.

2. Noble Subjects: The Russian Novel and the Gentry, 1762-1861. Northern Illinois University Press; Studies of the Harriman Institute Series, 2018.

3. “Playing the Public: Karamzin, Rostopchin, S. Glinka, 1802-1808.” In Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action, edited by Julie Buckler, Julie Cassiday, and Boris Wolfson, 131-138. University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.

4. “The Poet Turned Journalist: Alexander Pushkin and the Reading Public.” Pushkin Review 18 (2015-16): 61-84.

Research Interests

18th- and 19th-century Russian literature and culture
Neoclassicism, Sentimentalism, Romanticism, Realism
Russian imperial politics and aesthetics
History of the book, history of reading in the Russian Empire in a comparative context
Global contexts of Russian imperial cultural production
Theories and histories of the novel
New Materialism

Representative Conference Presentations

1. “The Meanings of Print in Goncharov’s ‘Literaturnyi vecher’ (1880)” at AATSEEL, February, 2020.

2. “Reading the Paper in the 1820s and 1830s,” at ASEEES, December, 2018.

3. “Nineteenth-Century Russian Studies: What’s Next?” at ASEEES, November, 2017.

4. “Middling Culture and Russian Realism” at What’s Russian about Russian Realism? symposium held at NYU, 7 November, 2017.

5. “Gogol as a Reader (and a Gardener), 1842-1852,” at Harvard University, Davis Center Literature and Culture Seminar, April, 2013.

6. “1812 and the Russian Press,” at the Columbia University Seminar on Slavic History and Culture, May, 2012.

7. “The Reader in the Province: Print Culture, Male Friendship, and Gentry Identity in Andrei Bolotov’s Domestic Advice, 1779-1785,” at the Yale Slavic Colloquium, April, 2011.